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Definition of "effeminate" []

  • Having qualities or characteristics more often associated with women than men. See Synonyms at female. (adjective)
  • Characterized by weakness and excessive refinement. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "effeminate" in a sentence
  • "For instance, the King James Version uses the term effeminate which is an offensive term to describe a man whose behavior, appearance or speech is considered to be more similar to that of females."
  • "It's the "unbecoming" part that leads me to associate the word effeminate with a degree of campiness that I don't believe applies to Renly and Loras."
  • "The adjectives and derivatives based on woman's distinctions are alien and derogatory when applied to human affairs; "effeminate" -- too female, connotes contempt, but has no masculine analogue; whereas "emasculate" -- not enough male, is a term of reproach, and has no feminine analogue."